Picture special: Antonov Airlines looks back on 30 years of air cargo
10 / 04 / 2019
ANTONOV Airlines has celebrated its thirtieth birthday with a look back on its development over the last 30 years (see images below).
The airline was founded in 1989 and holds the record for heaviest single piece of cargo transported by air, among others.
On August 11, 2009, the airline’s An-225 ‘Mriya’, the world’s largest aircraft, transported a generator with a total payload of 187.6 tonnes from Frankfurt, Germany to Yerevan, Armenia, breaking the record for heaviest single piece of air cargo ever transported.
“As we look back on thirty years of ANTONOV Airlines, and the projects that we have completed, we see one of our strengths is the flexibility of our business to adapt to changing markets,” said managing director Graham Witton.
“We are transporting more outsize cargo than ever before, anything from wind turbine components to city centre trams, and practically anything in between.
“We are also moving further into the aerospace industry as digital communications become more integral in the global economy.”
Director Paul Furlonger, who has been with the company since its formation, added: “When the business first started, many items such as satellite containers, generators and transformers were too big or too heavy to fly on conventional freighters.
“ANTONOV Airlines, as the first commercial operator of the An-124-100, had to quickly pioneer methods of loading using great creativity and flexibility.
“At the beginning, we were doing things for the first time, almost every time, and over the years, after many thousands of flights, our processes have become more refined and our expertise enhanced so that we now undertake ever more challenging and complex projects with absolute confidence.”
ANTONOV Airlines is the international air transportation division of the aircraft design bureau, Antonov Company.